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DriftWatch™ Specialty Crop Registration is a communication tool created by the company FieldWatch® that allows the Crop Producers, beekeepers, and pesticide applicators to work and communicate with each other to maintain and protect specialty crops and apiaries across the country. 

How it works:

Growers and Beekeepers register the location and type of their sensitive areas in order to provide an avenue for pesticide applicators to become aware of them.

Surety Pro displays the location and information of these areas with the use of the DriftWatch™ layer.

Currently the following states in the US contain DriftWatch data and are available within Surety Pro:

  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

How to view the DriftWatch™ Sensitive Area layer within Surety Pro

You are able to find the DriftWatch™ layer by clicking on the "Layers" button in the right hand panel.

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Then locate "DriftWatch™" layer and click the check box next to it to enable the data to appear on the map.

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In order to use the DriftWatch™ layer, you must be subscribed to Surety Pro and have an account with DriftWatch™. The first time you enable the layer, a dialog will appear to confirm that you are a registered user on the Driftwatch­™ website. It also gives you a link to learn more about the program.

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If you are zoomed into a location on the map that contains DriftWatch™ data, then it will appear as a blue hatching area by default. 

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Change how the DriftWatch™ sensitive areas appear on the Surety Pro Map. (Color, Label, Fill Style)

Since the default color for the DriftWatch™ areas are the same color and style as any other saved form's default coloring within Surety Pro, then it is important to make the Sensitive areas stand apart with how they look on the map. 

This can be done by changing the Layer Properties of the DriftWatch™ Layer.

Find the DriftWatch layer in the layers panel again and left click on the blue underlined DriftWatch Label.

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This will bring up the Layer Properties window.

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Boundary color and Fill color

Change the fill style by using the Fill Style drop down

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Choose what colors are assigned to the Fill and outline of the boundary.

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Control how thick the outline is by changing the number up or down next to "Outline Width".

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Color the records different colors according to a certain attribute with the "Or Color By" selection. A common attribute would be crop. Visit the Advanced Color By page for more info.

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Change the level of the Fill color's opacity by increasing or decreasing the "Fill Opacity" number.

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Choose whether or not to display a pin on the boundary when viewing it on the map.

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Apply the changes at any time to see what the updated formatting looks like by pressing the Update button.

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Boundary Labels

Setup the layer to be labeled by a certain attribute by clicking on the "Label" tab from the layer properties.

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Set up the label size, colors, and attribute(s) to label by.

  • Offsets move the label up/down and left/right from the center of the boundary.
  • Label Position will move the position of the label relative to the boundary size.
  • Priority sets what layer has priority over others when displaying labels.
  • Min Feature Size determines the zoom level at which the labels appear at.
  • Turn off at scale will determine what zoom extent the label should be hidden. 0 is always on.
  • Font Size changes the size of the label text.
  • Font Style can be set to: Bold, Italic, or Both
  • Font Color changes the color of the label text.
  • Font Outline color will control what color the outline of the text is
  • Use Font Outline Color tells the program if you want there to be an outline on the Text at all.
  • Add Label allows you to choose what attribute is grabbed to be the label itself. More than one can be added.

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Accept the changes by clicking Save or Update

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Revert the changes back to the default settings by clicking the Default button.

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Once the map updates you will see the change to the DriftWatch™ sensitive areas data.

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See the Layer Properties page for more in-depth look at the layer properties.



Source: 
https://driftwatch.org/ 
FieldWatch®, Inc and Purdue Research Foundation 2015

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